Stockman Plus is a new "virtual pig farming" course, held through the British Pig Executive and starting across the English regions, that aims to provide the next challenge for trainees to build on the skills and knowledge gained through previous practical experience and/or the previously attended BPEX Stockman Development course.

“The more advanced Stockman Plus course will include problem-solving exercises which will be applied to a virtual farm to allow the group to see the outcome of decisions they make," said Samantha Bowsher, BPEX assistant skills manager. 

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In addition, the organization's Stockman Development and Institute of Leadership and Management courses are both back for a third year. The Stockman Development course combines training in practical pig husbandry with visits to feed mills and abattoirs. The Institute of Leadership and Management course helps supervisors and managers improve their people management and build their confidence when leading others, according to BPEX. Specially selected modules enable trainees to learn different management techniques and work together to decide on the best ways to handle various situations.

All three courses are flexible — participants can choose particular sessions to attend, subject to availability, or sign up for the whole course.